KAZAN, Russia — After training with the rest of her teammates for the past several weeks, Jordan Hooper will finally get her first taste of international basketball.
The senior forward from Nebraska is on the U.S. women’s team that opens play at the World University Games against Mali at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
After leading the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA tournament trips and earning All-America honors, the 6-foot-2 forward from Alliance was one of 12 players selected to the U.S. team last month. Hooper is one of five players who will be making their first appearance on a U.S. squad.
Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan) and Tricia Liston (Duke) join Hooper as first-timers. The other team members are Ariel Massengale (Tennessee), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn), Bria Hartley (UConn), ReShanda Gray (Cal), Cassie Harberts (USC), Theresa Plaisance (LSU) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor). The team will be coached by Sherri Coale (Oklahoma), with help from assistants Brian Giorgis (Marist) and Coquese Washington (Penn State).
The Americans will face the Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Brazil at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to complete preliminary round play, Quarterfinals are Friday and semifinals are Saturday. The gold medal game would be next Sunday.